We love Akira! We had most of our family of five traveling for the first time to Japan (3 adults and 2 kids). Our original full day plan with Akira was: Tokyo SkyTree, Asakusa (Sensoji Temple), Imperial Palace. I asked him about the other options such as sumo wrestling and fish market which was meant for another time. He was quick to respond to all of my questions via email. The night before, Akira emailed and said there was a possibility of seeing a sumo stable if we met earlier, so we did. Akira met us at our hotel and we traveled by metro. August is one of the hottest months and that day was no exception with 90+ degree Fahrenheit and high humidity. Akira's English was not only superb, but he can speak with sophisticated nuances in English that we all understood and felt very co... read more
Dear Ghia, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the day. That was the day that good things happened though it was unbelievably hot.... We could meet the wrestlers though we were bit late for observing their training. Ramen restaurant was less crowded (I felt relived when I witnessed resurrection of Lazarus in that restaurant). I think it all because you are all blessed people with happy vibes. I was so happy to be a part of your wonderful time in Tokyo with your loving family. I am looking forward to having another chance to explore the city together again. Sincerely, Akira
I cannot say enough good things about Akita. Me eating up with him was a cinch, he was right where we could find him and very punctual. His English was excellent, his knowledge of Tokyo phenomenal. I think we taxed him to the max with our expressed desire to buy Washi paper, but he located a historic shop that included a museum and art gallery and expertly guided us there. Then we taxed his English skills to the max by wanting information about the art and artists exhibiting in the gallery. But he more than adequately communicated advance artistic concepts and terminology! I was so impressed by this knowledgeable, cooperative, kind man who really took the time and made an effort to introduce us to his city and culture. We wanted to be able to negotiate the Tokyo subway and metro s... read more
Dear James, So nice to hear from you. Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy to know that the time we spend together made a good introduction to Tokyo. Also, I am so happy that you enjoyed the places we went. People with good heart like you brings good things and it happens like coincidence. Yes, the ramen was good and I knew it was good since I have been there many times. But what I surprised was that we didn't have to stand in a long queue which is not as is always in that restaurant. Washi place was wonderful, I knew you would like it (and you did) and there was another surprise there. Lucky her that we had a chance to enjoyed the special exhibition and talked to some of the artists who is an expert of Japanese paper and pigments and techniques. Personally, ... read more
Great first experience in Tokyo! We met at Fukagawa Edo Museum, and ended the day at Omotesando. In between, we had many observations and experiences. From simply buying candy at a Mom & Pop Candy Store to a fascinating Shiota Chiharu exhibit at the Mori museum atop Roppongi Hills! Delicious Lunch was at the Tsukiji Outer Market. While Tokyo was fascinating, what made our first day tour super fantastic was AKIRA. His thoughts and communication skills are extremely friendly -- you feel like you are talking to a long time friend, who is sharing themselves. Akira was attentive to our comfort, both of our interests, and provided a TOP LEVEL tour catered to our interests. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
Dear Elliot, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a guide for beautiful, generous, curious, and intellectual people with unique sense of humor. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the day just like I did. It was so much fun for me to introduce you that candy store and nice to see you were brave enough to try my favorite thing when I was little child (though you were not in love with it). Also, I was so happy for Pam's encounter with exquisite works of Shiota. Thank you very much for both of you made me feel that I didn't have to act like a guide. I am looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city with the wonderful odd couple. See you next time. Akira
Akira was easy-going and filled with lots of great tips and info for our visit. He took us to see the sights we requested, as well as some interesting places he recommended along the way. We would happily tour with Akira again!
Dear Meagan, Thank you so much for the great review. I was so happy to be a guide for your first time Tokyo visit and witness your first experience for many things, including some of raw foods and deserts. I, too, would happily tour with you and your wonderful family help you discover more about my loving city. Sincerely, Akira
For our first full day in Tokyo, we booked Akira to take us around. He was wonderful! He was on time to pick us up in the beginning of the day. We travelled with 3 of our boys, ages 12, 10 and 5 years old, and Akira was perfect for them. He was able to give us so much history and knowledge while still keeping everyone entertained. My children really loved him. After getting to know our family after a couple hours, he suggested we change our itinerary/last scheduled spot because he had a place to take us that he thought our family would really enjoy and he was so right! It was a less "touristy" spot in Tokyo and we all really had a great time. Akira really was the perfect way to spend our first day in such an amazing city. He taught us so much about how to get around the city and so much hi... read more
Hello Siobhan, Thank you for your great review. It was so nice to be surrounded by happy family vibes. I did enjoyed conversation with your three little movie stars, Reynolds, Ford, and Brosnan, and I couldn't help smiling when they were focusing on their treasure hunting. I was so happy to see that you all had a great time in the trains, in the market, in the shrine (thank you so much for paying respect to our culture...) , and wacky toy shops. I am wishing that this coming 5days in the city will be memorable and wonderful enough for wonderful family. Dewa-mata (See you next time)! Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
Akira did an amazing job showing us all that we asked. Would highly recommend him.
Dear Vivek, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to share the fun time together with happy people like you and your lovely family. See you next time! Sincerely, Akira
My husband and I wanted to see as much as possible of both touristy Tokyo and regular neighborhoods. Akira helped us navigate the metro and packed in more sights than we could have ever found on our own. He explained the history of each area. We really enjoyed an authentic meal in a cozy restaurant unlike any we had seen before. We highly recommend Akira for other first time visitors. We trust him to share more high lights on a second day this week!
Hello Gwendolyn, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy that you had a great time that day and hoping that it gave you a good first lesson to explore this city by yourself. On the next time, I am looking forward to hearing about your discovery you would have during your solo flights. See you then! Sincerely, Akira
We had a great time. Akira catered to our needs really well. His suggestions for ice-cream stop, snack and dinner were superb. We enjoyed the Shibuya crossing and the story behind the dog Hachiko and other such gems along our various destination points in our itinerary. Akira is a courteous, kind and friendly guide.
Dear Catherine, Thank you so much for the great review. Yes, indeed, we had a great time that day. Wondering in unique Nakano Broadway, taking a rest at my favorite coffee shop, observing amazing human flow at Shibuya crossing, enjoying ice cream and good Katsu-Curry at local restaurant..... I hope those wonderful time that we shared made a good introduction to my loving city. I am wishing that you will have a great time for the rest of the days in Japan. See you next time! Sincerely, Akira
We liked our tour very much. Akira was prompt, knowledgable, and friendly. Our tour was geared for a more local perspective, which is what we asked for. He covered a lot of areas of Tokyo, from the local fish markets, to the common peoples neighborhoods, and shrines, to the high end shopping districts. He showed us how to use and load our Suica cards, and to use the trains and subways efficiently. He was invaluable. Thanks so much Akira!
Dear Colleen, Thank you so much for the great review, I was very happy to be a guide for your very first full day experience in Japan, the first Asian country for you and your wonderful son with brightest future. I hope the tour made a good introduction of Tokyo and it will help you knowing more about my loving city and people. Sincerely, Akira
We had two wonderful days with Akira guiding us around in Tokyo on 21 and 23 Jun. I was in Tokyo with my 90-year old mum, my friend whose mum is 77 years old. Due to their age we brought wheelchairs to facilitate them in the sight-seeing. The itinerary was well planned and we didn't feel rushed or hurried when touring. Akira was thoughtful and he planned trip at a very good pace for us. He bought us to places where we could view old residential places which were very interesting. On our first day, the itinerary was to end the tour at a Hinode Pier at 4.00 pm so that we can go to Tennodai Station by 6.00 pm. The train was crowded and a few transfers of trains were needed before we could proceed to Tennodai Station. Instead of parting with us at Hinode Pier, Akira fetched us to Hino... read more
Dear Jean, Thank you very much for the great review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the tours. At first, I was little worry that if Po Pos will be okay with this walking tour using public transportations. However, everything went very smooth and I am very glad that we all were able to have a great time. It was my pleasure to guide happy, jolly, curious and warm people like you, Evelyn, and "Po Po"s. Throughout the tours, you all made me feel positive about being aged, and I learned a lot through our conversations, observing how you treat people. I am looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together again. 再会！ Akira P.S. Thank you so much for the offertories which has been thought often as a sign of insult in Japan by many tourists. Now you know they... read more
Akira was wonderful. From his firm grasp of English to his understanding of cultural nuances, Akira was the perfect host to guide our family of five through Tokyo. We visited cultural locations, special food spots and points of interest that were made better by Akira's explanations. We loved Akira and would use him again.
Dear Brendan, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy that you all had a great time on that day in the city and it was my pleasure to be a host for happy, adventurous, thoughtful family with blessed children. I am hoping someday I will see all of you again to explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was a wonderful way to begin my adventures in Japan. He expertly led me through some major sites, but he also took me to some inner-city neighborhoods and gave insight related to life in Tokyo. As we made our way through the city, he gave historical and cultural commentary. Polite and fun discussions occurred throughout. It was simply delightful the entire time. An affordable and highly recommended way to discover this amazing city!
Hello Philemon, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the day. I hope I could give you a good introduction to my loving city, and I am wishing that your solo flight will be full of joy and fun. Sincerely, Akira P.S. Thank you so much for telling me the humorous and educational English expression. Yes, there is something we cannot shine.....
Akira was very friendly and provided the historical significance about the places we visited. He also gave us good advice about transportation and culture customs. Thanks for making our day so perfect.
Hello Juliana, Thank you so much for the great review. It is so nice to hear that your first full day in Japan was a good one. I was so happy to hear from all of you about what you are expecting from my country, and to see all of you are ready to experience everything, food, culture etc.. I am wishing (and I know you will) that you all have a great time for the rest of your trip in my loving country. Sincerely, Akira
From beginning to end, Akira exceeded in every way the expectations my wife and I had for choosing a guide from an online site. His comfortable, relaxed approach belied an in-depth, thoughtful, efficient and thorough knowledge of how best to introduce Tokyo and Japan to us in a much too short 2 days. He listened carefully to our general wishes and wove them into a plan that covered as much as 2 jet lagged tourists could handle. His guidance through public transportation to non-touristy sites, to restaurants with local flavor were all highlighted by his love and familiarity with his city. Clearly, his knowledge of the history and culture of Japan added to our appreciation for all that we were seeing and his gentle sense of humor kept everything in perspective. Our conversations we... read more
Dear Paul, Thank you so much for the great review. It was enjoyable and thoughtful two days for me, and I am so happy that you felt the same way. We enjoyed beautiful hydrangea and awesome bamboo forest, we had a nice bowl of ramen at old school ramen place, we met warm old couple at the confectionary and good cabdriver who gave us good advice regarding return train to Shinjuku.... And we enjoyed endless conversation about many things. Only negative factor about today's tour, I thought first, was unpleasant weather. However, the rain enhanced the beauty of the beauty of hydrangea and bamboo forest. So, after all, everything went so smoothly and I think I know why. It all because of you and Maria's positive vibes. It was my pleasure to be the first Japanese for you to spend long... read more
We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Akira. He provided the perfect introduction to our week-long stay in Tokyo. His grasp of history, his personable nature, and his command of English made for a truly memorable experience. After inquiring about our particular interests, he tailored an itinerary revealing much of his remarkable home city in a short period. We cannot recommend him highly enough.
Hello Aaron, Thank you so much for the great review. And also, thank you so much for your saying hi to me on the street the other day. I was wondering if the tour made a good introduction to you but it seemed that everything had gone pretty well since after the tour. Well, If you have another chance to come back to the city and need my help, I will be very happy to be there for you. Sincerely, Akira
For our 2nd day in Tokyo, we wanted an insider's view of the city. Akira accomodated beautifully. We were taken to rarely toured areas of Tokyo and peppered with local information. He kindly answered my husband's many questions ranging from history to politics. The highlight was our lunch. Akira lead us to a family restaurant off the beaten path. He then made Japanese soul food and a custom made Japanese seafood omelet for us to enjoy together. After an exhausting first day of visiting the "must see" sites of Tokyo, this was a lovely end to our short stay.
Dear Tammie, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a guide for beautiful, curious, and adventurous couple from the Deep South. I am very happy that you enjoyed the restaurant and neighborhood that we visited than I expected and it make me smile when I see the pucture that we took at the restaurant with the lady at the restaurant. I am looking forward to a next chance to explore my loving city together again. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was everything you want in a guide. He was prompt, professional, organized and knowledgeable. His english was perfect. He just made it all easy. We booked him so we could go at our own pace and he was perfect at reading our minds. We toured the entire city, dined like locals and ventured via bullet train to the surrounding region. We would recommend him to our own family and friends.
Hello Michael, Thank you so much for the great review. One of the thing I love about guiding job is to meet interesting people from all over the world. It was my pleasure to be a guide for 4 days, for one happy family with amazing chemistry, kind and generous mom, thoughtful boy, curious and energetic girl, and the funky dad with pure heart. I am hoping that you will have another exciting experience ("holding on to your butt" experience?) for the rest of your trip to western region. See you next time! Akira
We had an excellent full day tour with Akira.He went over and beyond making it a perfect day in spite of the heat. He has very knowledgeable and gave us great stories and history and showed us how to use the Subways. We had an amazing day and he helped us on a special mission to find some toys for our grandsons. We loved our Sushi lunch and the sights and shopping.
Hello Helene, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the day. I feel so relieved that we could finally find what you were looking for, for your adorable grandsons, at third shop. It was really as Japanese saying goes, “Sandome no shojiki”, which means “Third time lucky”. Well, I hope you have had so much to bring to your family and friends, not only the present but also many stories to tell. See you next time! Sincerely, Akira
Akira san is super friendly and does everything to make your tour comfortable. He fulfills your wishes and responds to changes quickly. He is well prepared. He is calm and friendly. I enjoyed also his knowledge about the culture and was happy to receive his translation service. It was a long, exhausting but wonderful half day tour in Tokyo!
Dear Anne, Thank you so much for great review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the day with me. It was a fun day. Well, we lost the bet at our first destination, but we had unexpected present from “the master.” I am sure you enjoyed the taste of Yokozuna....! I can easily imagine that the rest of your trip has been good and enjoyable one because you are lucky lady, and I know that it all not because of your luck, but because of your being generous and your happy vibes. I hope there will be another chance to explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
We enjoyed a great two days in Tokyo with Akira! We spent one day on the East side of Tokyo and one day on the West side of Tokyo. We were able to see all that was promised and more! He took us to all of the places on our itineraries, and when we had extra time, he filled it in with more fun! Akira spoke English fluently and was very easy to understand, and was knowledgeable about the sites and neighborhoods he was showing us. Akira was so efficient with public transportation, and really utilized our JR and subway passes so we did not have to spend additional money. Akira was so thoughtful, he even brought me a birthday present the second day of our tours. My husband and I really enjoyed working with Akira!
Hello Ann, Thank you so much for the great review. I did enjoy that 2 days and I am so happy that you felt the same way. It was my pleasure to guide wonderful young couple like you and Will and it was so much fun for me to have conversation with you answering numerous question that brought me a chance to see my society from different angle. I can easily imagine that the rest of the trip in Japan went well and people were helpful because your warm, kind and curious personality and I am hoping that my guess was right. I am looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira PS. I am happy that you liked the Soup Curry in Shimokitazawa.
We had one day in Tokyo and hired Akira to hit the highlights for us. He picked us up from the cruise terminal and took us to Skytree, Asakusa Temple, found us a nice ramen place for lunch, and followed it up with a trip to the Edo Museum. These 3 sights gave us a good overview of Tokyo. He was knowledgeable and easy to understand. Unfortunately the Imperial Gardens were closed that day so we didn’t see them as planned. I wish Akira would have known that ahead of time, but the rest of the day was pretty full and we probably wouldn’t have spent much time there anyway.
Dear Cindy, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very sorry about the closing of the garden that day. Normally they open on Saturday but I should have known that the schedule was affected by enthronement of the new enperor. However, I am glad you could get a glimpse of the capital city, with unusual crowds and happy atmosphere celebrating the new era, in a very limited time. I hope that we will have another chance to explore more about my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
A journey to japan for some of us is difficult destination, since we have to spend a great amount of money or have to travel / fly for more that 15 hours. We booked Akira for 2 days to walk me and my family around Tokyo. I decided to book him since he looked young and motivated to guide us... more over he sounded to speak fluently English... In general Akira has all the above characteristics but I wasn’t fully satisfied.. he hadn’t the sparky motivation that I expected.. since he was describing the attraction in a short way like reading a paragraph from a book... without adding further information such urban legends and local habits ect. He looked to me little bit tired...
Dear Christios, Thank you so much for the honest review and also, thank you so much for giving me a chance to looking back the way I do business. I wish that the rest of the Japan trip will be sparky exciting and memorable. Sincerely, Akira
Akira is a genuine person, he gave good advice on ways to go around Tokyo. Covered all the places as per the itinerary. Food choices were good also. My whole family was very happy and that makes me happy too. Thank you Akira, hope to see you again in the future.
Dear Mohana, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that your first Tokyo experience was a good and memorable one. Also, I’m so happy to hear that you and your loving family, including cute little one, were all happy and that makes me happy too! I am looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together in near future. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
We had a fabulous day with Akira who showed us some of the highlights of Tokyo. Akira produced a personalised tour for us, took us around the city and was wonderful all day, and the kids loved him too. We thoroughly recommend Akira's services. Thank you for a great day Akira.
Hello Andrew, Thank you very much for the great review. I am so glad you enjoyed the day with me and I am so happy to be a part of Tokyo experience for wonderful family with happy vibes, and laughter. I hope you have another chance to come back to Japan and explore my loving city together near future. Sincerely, Akira
My husband and I had a great time with Akira. It was our first trip to Tokyo . We recommend him very highly.
Dear Ilene, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a part of your first Tokyo experience. I wish that you will have a great time for the rest of the days in Japan. If there is anything I can, just feel free to contact me. Sincerely, Akira
We had less than a day in tokyo and Our flight was moved to a later time. We got to see a lot in a short time! And it was fun to explore japan at night. Akira was so helpful in helping us see what we wanted in a short amount of time. He went out of his way to take photos of us and we were really grateful he was there to help us get around tokyo! The food we had was really delicious! He also took us to this amazing restaurant and we had the best katsu ever. We also had these custard desserts, which were also delicious. We would really recommend Akira because we got to spend our time efficiently and see what we wanted to see. Akira also has really good taste in restaurants and food so we really enjoyed our tour!
Dear Maybelle, Thank you so much for the great review. Tough we didn’t have much time and it didn’t go as we originally scheduled, I am so glad you enjoyed your first day in Tokyo and it was my pleasure to be a part of it. I hope it made a good introduction to my loving country and hope you come back to explore more about this chaotic, super-organized city with nice people. Sincerely, Akira
Wonderful tour guide, highly recommend him! Beyond just “seeing the sights,” Akira shared his own personal knowledge/history, explained customs. Guided us onto the subways and paced the tour so that we could take in main sights, and included “off the beaten track” places as well. English was the spoken language and felt at ease since can be hard to communicate with the public, at times. Guided us to a great sushi restaurant for lunch at Tsukiji Outer Market. Did quite a bit of walking, so put on your comfy shoes...the only way to see Tokyo! When in Tokyo again, will definitely sign up with Akira again! We were delighted to have spent the day with Akira. He was like “family,” welcoming us home and spending time together! Thank you!
Dear Karen, Thank you Karen, for the wonderful review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the day with beautiful cherry blossom, fresh sushi, and silence in the middle of Tokyo. We could only covered 3 places however, I think it was a good introduction for my loving city. Also, I am very happy to hear that you felt l was like a “family” because I felt the same way. Guiding people like you, joly, curious and warm hearted, is always a joy for me. I am very looking forward to having another chance to explore this highly organized chaotic city together. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was great with our two boys. They loved his tour very much. First day we went to Asakusa and then took a cruise ship to Odaiba for Legoland and to see the giant Gundam. On the second day, we went to Sky tower, Shibuya and then harajuku kiddyland. Even though our kids are picky eaters and get tired and bored easily, he kept them entertained and also took us to some restaurants where the kids could eat. The kids had a great time and enjoyed Akira very much. Thank you so much Akira 🙏
Dear Linda, Thank you so much for the great review. I’m very happy that you all enjoyed the day with me. It was so nice to see happy lively family having a great time in my loving city, getting fortune of good (and bad!) in the temple, playing very creative version of “paper, rock and cissors”, Building pagoda in the LEGO Land, and enjoying lunch at Mos Burger. Thank you so much for reminding me what I used to be when I was a child. I hope that the rest of the days in Tokyo will be enjoyable and memorable one. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
Akira's tour was PHENOMENAL! What a knowledgeable, professional, and FUN Host he is! He is a master at Tokyo's history, navigating through all the public transportation and taking us to Tokyo's hot spots, while tailoring it to our needs. Being of Japanese decent, Akira explained many things to us that answered so many questions about our heritage. Our custom tour was packed with interesting sites and amazing local foods. There is a reason why he is so highly rated. At the end of our last day, we did not want to part, so we invited him to have dinner with us and our cousins from Tokyo. That night we laughed the night away and he became a part of our family. Thank you Akira for some of the most memorable times of our lives!
Dear Kathy, Thank you so much for the great review. That was a fun two-days in Tokyo. I am very happy that you all had a great time and thank you so much for treating me as a member of your family (I often forgot that I was hired guide during the tours...!) and it was So interesting to know your families and hearing about what you and your family went through. I have never felt like quoting this job since I started guiding and I know that it all because of people like you and all of your family and the happy fun moments such as the one that we shared. Thank you so much for everything. Sincerely, Akira
This was the first time using a private guide rather then booking a sight seeing trip with a large group and will explore this option in the future. We could not have been more satisfied with the personalized services that Akira offered. He was always considerate and addressed our of our concerns, questions and needs. We couldn't be more pleased. We ended the day feeling that we were treated as a member of his family. We found Akira to be knowledgeable about the city, the history and culture. If anyone was able to find a date on his busy schedule, you would not be disappointed with his services.
Dear David, Thank you so much for the great review. I’m glad that I didn’t make your first experience to hire a private guide a total nightmare. And most of all, I’m very happy that you felt you were treated as a member of my family throughout the tour because I felt the same way. I am looking forward to another chance to show you (as same age as my parents) around my loving city again soon. Sincerely, Akira
Being a solo female traveler I was so nervous about coming to Japan by myself and worried about how I was going to manage. I hired Akira to help show me around my first day to help me see the cherry blossoms, help me learn how the trains work and to learn shrine/temple etiquette. He took me to the most beautiful park and explained the different types of cherry blossom. He also took photos for me which was a big help! He showed me where to exchange my rail pass and I booked in the first train for where I need to go. He took me to one of his favorite Ramen noodle shops and it was amazing! When visiting the shrine he explained so many aspects of how everything was connected. I found it extremely touching he also passed on things his grandfather had told him as well. He showed me what ... read more
Akira spent two days in Tokyo with my 18-year-old son (while I was busy at a conference), and was an excellent guide. He was extremely knowledgeable in all areas of Japanese culture, including food and shopping - the latter of which my son was most interested in! Akira is very fluent in English, professional and patient - my son sends his deepest thanks to Akira for being such a great guide and companion. My son enjoyed your company very much. Thank you, Akira, from a very grateful mother 🙏🏽. And Happy Birthday!
Dear Ovida, Thank you so much for great review. I enjoyed two days with your wonderful son. He was generous, kind and he has a good heart. I could sense that he has been loved by wonderful parents. Showing him around the neighborhood such as Harajuku, Shibuya, Shimokitazawa was fun since all of them are where I used to hang around when I was young. It was interesting for me to have such experience and discover how things in the neighborhoods changed, and unchanged as well. I enjoyed being company of your son trying to get some nice clothes smartly while hopping one second-hands clothing store to another. It reminded me when I was at his age. I hope you have another chance to come back to Tokyo, not for your work, but for having great time with your wonderful family, next time... read more
Akira was very accommodating and was able to make real-time adjustments to the tour based on our needs. We had an excellent time seeing multiple hotspots in Tokyo. We was also very responsive to messages beforehand. Thank you!
Dear Chips, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the day with me. I hope this Japan trip was enjoyable and memorable one for you and your wonderful parents. I’m looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together again. See you next time! Best wishes, Akira
Spent our first day in Tokyo touring with Akira. He was easy to communicate with and spoke excellent English. My daughter enjoyed the fact that she was able to talk about contemporary Japan and the Ramen place we went to for lunch was our favorite meal in Japan. He was friendly and patient as we were all a little jetlagged having come off a 14-hour flight the day before. Would not hesitate to recommend him. Many thanks, Akira.
Dear Helene, Thank you so much for the great review. I am happy that we were able to have tour in beautiful early spring in Tokyo. I enjoyed too, conversation that we had during the tour and the Ramen we had. I hope it was a good intriduction to know Japan and I’m looking forward another day to explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
Can’t give a high enough rating for Akira. His English is excellent and he made the day fun and stress free. He is super easy going and knows how to make the tour enjoyable, like you are taking a walk with a friend that just happens to know all of the great places in town. You can’t go wrong with Akira.
Dear Sheryl, Thank you so much for the great review. It took me just a few second to discover that we would have a great day since the time we met. It was easy and so much fun for me to guiding my loving city for people who are very friendly and with warm personality like you and Andrew. Your friend that just happen to know all the great places in town will always be here so if you need me, just let me know. Sincerely, Akira
We all thought the guided tour by Akira was the highlight of out stay in Tokyo. Akira was great not only did he create a great itinerary that covered everything we wanted, but he also had amazing knowledge of each location and was able to answer all our questions. I highly recommend booking a tour with Akira, you will not be disappointed.
Dear Sophie, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the day and everything went smoothly. Yes, indeed, it was a one brilliant Sunday in Tokyo. Weather was moderate and nice, the garden was beautiful, pork cutlet was soooo delicious, and the temple was magnificent. I am pretty sure that you still have a lot more to see in my loving city and I am so glad that you have a reason to come back. So, see you next time. Sincerely, Akira
Thank you, Akira!!!! The tour guide was incredibly helpful and you have patience of a saint. My wife and I felt really good about traveling with you, and most importantly we felt safe. You helped us to navigate through the subways, plus you took your time to help show us the finest parts of Tokyo. You are truly a blessing. I would strongly recommend you to all first time travelers to Tokyo. Thanks again, and have a fantastic day!!!
Dear Ricardo and Latonya, Thank you so much for the great review. I enjoyed that day, too. I was so glad to be a part of your happy anniversary trip. I still can’t help smiling anytime I remember how you enjoyed nice Okonomiyaki and Gyudon for the first in your life, funny conversation about anime and Miami Vice, and most of all, great happy vibes with love that comes from two of you. I am looking forward the day to explore my loving city together again. Sincerely, Akira
Having never been to Japan we were slightly nervous. However Akira totally eased us into the huddle and bustle of Tokyo. We loved every place he took us to. Would highly recommend.
Hello Marty, Thank you so much for the great review. I’m so happy that the tour became good introduction for your very first Tokyo trip. I’m looking forward to having another chance to explore together the chaotically organized city with nice people. Dewa mata! Sincerely, Akira
Akira was the perfect guide. Very accommodating, polite, considerate, knowledgeable & great English. He paced our tour perfectly & while he gave us plenty of information, and answered all our questions, he didn’t bombard us with too much information. He also took us the the best Ramon we have ever had. Absolutely delicious!!! A great person to introduce us to Tokyo & would not hesitate to recommend Akira to anyone wanting a guide in Tokyo. Thankyou so much Akira, we had a wonderful couple of days with you.
Dear Catherine Thank you so much for the great review. One of the most happiest moment that I experience as a guide is when my client discover that they love what I love, just like what we experienced today at the ramen restaurant. It was just a bowl of noodle in soup, but perhaps it was more than that for us. Please do not worry about your half good fortune that you picked at the temple. You had a damn good bowl of ramen without standing in a long queue! You are very lucky lady. I know that you will have a great time for the rest of the trip in Japan. I’m looking forward to having another chance to explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
Akira arrived promptly at my apartment ready for the day ahead. He was well prepared and from the word go everything went smoothly. I have been to Tokyo several times and so I was very keen to see the less famous places, having done the well-known ones already. Akira organised the day by combining the kind of things I wanted to do with his knowledge, and I was able to relax, knowing that I could never have found these places on my own. We covered a lot of ground but I didn't feel tired or overwhelmed as Akira had everything in hand. Everything was enjoyable, Akira is a very thoughtful person - and I am looking forward to my next tour with him.
Dear Pamela, Thank you so much for the great review. It was so much fun for me to show you “Tokyo without make-up” and I am so happy that you liked it. I am looking forward to the next tour, too. According to the forecast, the weather on the day will not be as bad as we had expected. I know that we will have another fun time in Tokyo for the next one. See you next time! Akira
We had two wonderful days in Tokyo with Akira. Akira showed us all the main sites in all the key areas of the city and we could not have seen everything we did without him. He was simply outstanding. I cannot recommend that you use the expertise of Akira whilst in Tokyo.
Dear Mamta, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the tour. I hope that it would make your trip with curious, decent, and jolly parents a memorable one. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you for another chance to explore my loving city. Sincerely, Akira
Akira made our day inTokyo One we will never forget He is very Knowledgeable and adapted to our needs We really enjoyed the whole day We could not have seen what we did without him as our guide We thank him 100% give a big thanks Never go to Tokyo without his help the first day for a wonderful Orientation
Dear Elizabeth, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to guide warm, generous and jolly folks from Canada who are all young at heart. It was really a fun day. I hope I could get older like all of you who know how to enjoy life fully. See you next time! Akira
Thanks to Akira we were able to cover many Tokyo sites in just one day. He tailored his day tour to our interests and was able to provide many recommendations. He has excellent English speaking skills and we enjoyed our conversations throughout the day. Akira was extremely knowledgeable in Japanese culture and provided many insights on local recommendations. We highly recommend Akira for a Tokyo tour and are looking forward to meeting him again on our next visit to Tokyo! Thanks Akira!
Dear Kevin, Thank you so much for the great review. So nice to hear that you enjoyed the day with me. I enjoyed too, our conversation throughout the day and thank you for giving me a chance to see the society that I am living from different angle. By the way, it was so much fun for me to be a witness of your first experience of some exotic seafoods...! I am happy, and I feel relieved, that you loved most of them (except "the roe"...!). I am looking forward to seeing you soon for another chance to explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
I travel the world and work with guides and fixers across all ranges. Akira is simply one of the top guides with whole ive had the pleasure of working. He is supremely organized, highly intelligent, curious and respectful. His English comprehension and speech are first rate. He simply knows how to manage western people and how to deliver on their expectations. I not only consider him a world-class guide but a great person with whom I would call a friend. You would be happy working with Akira
Dear Michael, Thank you so much for the great review....! I am very happy that I could be a part of your very first experience of my loving country. It is so much fun to remember what we experienced together, good Ramen, good coffee, good wagyu, good Tonkatsu and conversation about Godzilla, G-Force, and Star Blazers....(!) I hope all these fun moments make you come back to my loving city again and bring you new tasty and juicy discovery. I would be very happpy working for you for your next visit. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was very helpful and informative. Pleasant company and a great guide. He planned a really good day for my wife and I. Thankyou.
Dear David, Thank you very much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a guide for very curious and kind couple from Sidney. I am wishing that the rest of your stay in Japan will be fun and memorable one. If there is anything I can while you are in Tokyo, just contact me anytime. Peace. Akira
Akira organised some great things to see and do which was a good way to spend my first day in Tokyo. He suggested places to eat at and was willing to switch up the lunch plans as I wasn’t too keen on raw fish.
Dear Paula, Thank you so much for the great review. I am happy to hear that the tour became a good introduction for your first Japan experience. I can easily imagine that the day 2, your first solo flight, was enjoyable one and hoping that the rest of the trip will be so much fun and memorable. Thank you so much for choosing me as your guide and thank you so much for choosing my loving country as your first destination in south east asian country. Sincerely, Akira
We only had one full day in Tokyo but Akita was able to help us pack it full. He has a great knowledge of the history and culture and really knows his way around. He brought us to places we would never have seen as tourists on our own. He made effective use of the transit system to allow us to cover sites far from each other. His command of English is very good. As a bonus he showed us a sushi place near the fish market where the locals eat. Best sushi I’ve had. We highly recommend Akita as a guide in Tokyo.
Hello Maggie, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the tour just like I did. It was so nice to walk around the city with robust people like you. I am looking forward to haveing another chance to explore Tokyo together some time soon. Enjoy Hawaii! Sincerely, Akira
Friendly and relaxed
Dear Marnie, Thank you so much for simple and warm review. Im so happy that the tour made a good introduction for your Japan trip. I couldn’t help being friendly and relaxed for friendly and relaxed people like you and your family. Thank you so much for choosing me and hope to have another chance to explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
I recomend Akira, he has a great way to connect with everyone in the group and he is passionate because he loves what he does, you can feel the good vibe, you don’t need to look further, Akira will meet your expectations hands down!!!
Dear Mario, Thank you so much for the great review. And thank you so much for choosing my loving city as the place to spend Christmas for you and your happy family. It was my pleasure to be a part it. I hope we will have another chance to explore my loving country together some time soon. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
Akira delivered as promised and was really knowledgeable, helpful and kind. It was really helpful we had him to help us apply the Suica cards & navigate the JR and metro systems. His food recommendations were also very good and reasonably priced. Very patient with my little boy who was very excited and curious with the train systems. Thank you Akira, for a lovely experience for our first visit to Tokyo, we had a great time!
Dear Callie, Thank you so much for the greatly review. I am so happy to hear that you all enjoyed the tour. It was my pleasure to guide happy family with active and (very) curious children sharing a great time with them. If you need a navigator for your next visit (I know you already have the little one...) I’ll be very happy to serve you again. Please take care and hope to see you soon. Sincerely, Akira
Our day with Akira-san went smoothly. He brought us to the places as planned and more. He gave us enough time at each place for photography and provided information to us to better appreciate the history. He was understanding and kind and accommodated to our requests. It was a pleasure to have Akira show us Tokyo for the first time with my boys.
Hello Lisa, Thank you so much for the great review. I could only show you just some area but I hope it made a good introduction to my loving city to make you feel come back again. Please take care of yourself and I hope to see you next time. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was fantastic! He met us at our hotel in Ginza and accompanied us on a tour of the "G-Cans" facility outside Tokyo, arranging all the transportation, translating important instructions, and answering our many questions over dinner at an izakaya afterward. He made all three of us feel welcome and comfortable, chatting with us on topics as diverse as hydrology, soccer, and cycling. He's a superb and organized guide: hire him! You won't regret it. Not to mention, he has excellent taste in bikes (among many other things).
Dear Karoun, Thank you so much for the great review. I was so happy to see all of you enjoying every moment that day even during the long train ride. I can still recall you excited at the thing we saw in that “Shrine” in the suburb of Tokyo where not many people, even locals, normally go, and good foods and drinks at Izakaya. I hope you’ll have another chance to come back and I’ll bhappy to explore more about my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
Met Akira in the lobby of our hotel and from there we saw Tokyo. Akira was very informative explaining not just the sites that we visited but also about Tokyo and Japan. He paid a lot of attention to our 12 year old grandson and had great conversation with him about the shrines and temples that we saw. If you really want to see Tokyo TripleLights and Akira is the way to go, because at the end of the day you will have a very good understanding of Tokyo and the sites that you had visited.
Dear Jim, Thank you very much for the great review. I am so happy that you had great time and also so happy to be chosen as a part of fun trip for happy family. It was so much fun for me to guide cool kid with cool grandparents from America. You all made me feel like I was cool middle-age Tokyo local during that day (and hoping that I am...). Hope to see you again next time, with more cool family member. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
Akita was everything we had hoped for and more. He took us to parts of old Tokyo that gave us a glimpse of the past. He even took us to little mom and pop shops for an authentic Japanese experience. Highly recommend him for a tour! Arigato gozaimasu!
Dear Christopher, Thank you so much for the great review. You may not know how I was nervous at the beginning since you told me that you works for travel industry and I wonder how you would evaluate me as a guide...! However, I’m so happy that you enjoyed walking while experiencing diversity of my loving city in one day. Hope to se you soon. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
We had only one day that we could see Tokyo, which sounds completely impossible. I initially booked tour with Akira starting from hotel in Tokyo. We were taking cruise and had to embark ship in Yokohama. After further considerations I changed hotel booking from Tokyo to Yokohama. I e-mailed Akira asking him to change starting point. He was very positive about last minute change, suggested that it would be the best for us if he would pick us up in hotel in Yokohama (and he was right about it!). We had a great day with Akira going around the Tokyo. In very short period he was able to get us highlights of Tokyo. We visited with him Imperial Palace gardens, walked on Ginza, visited Tsukiji Fish Market, Meiji Shrine. We had to be very flexible and adjust itinerary as second half of the day was ... read more
Dear Rosa, Thank you so much for the great review. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the day with me I was amazed by how strong you are enjoying long walk. It was interesting experience for me to have conversation with good observer, good listener, and good questioner like you. I hope the tour gave you the glimpse of what my living city was like and it make you feel like coming back again. Please take care and hope to see you soon. Sincerely, Akira
Akira is knowledgeable, professional and personable. His English is flawless. He created an incredible unique day as we requested since we had been to Tokyo twice before. We’ve used guides in various countries and Akira is among the best. We would use him again and recommend him without hesitation.
Dear Jerry, Thank you for the great review. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the day with me. It was so nice for me to see both of you enjoying every bits and pieces of my loving city including the best sake experience on the street(!). I hope we have another chance to explore the city together having great time just like we did. Sincerely, Akira
Akira laid the groundwork for our first visit to Tokoyo by walking us through the JR reservation system, introducing us to the subway system, showing us historical and cultural sights all the while receiving a fascinating history lesson. We couldn’t have asked for more. He truly made the day for us. He has an way that makes you feel comfortable and at ease. We would highly recommend hiring Akira as a guide. In addition to a visit to the Imperial Palace, we had lunch (best sushi ever), toured shrines and had a relaxing boat ride. Do not hesitate to hire Akira.
Dear Donald, Thank you very much for the great review. I wonder if you could enjoy the mt. Fuji from the bullet train. I hope the everything has been going well. And I’m pretty sure that your kind, generous, and warm personality brings many help beyond language barrier, fun, and many discovery in the rest of the day in my loving country. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
Akira is awesome! Would highly recommend him to any group. He is easy going, funny, knowledge and a great tour guide. He listened to our requests and made sure to take us to the best tuna at the market, the best ramen in the area etc. My 3 middle schoolers loved him. Book him, you won’t regret it!
Dear Molly, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to witness your children’s first experience of eating tuna in raw and I am so happy that they love it. I was happy to see 5 happy Floridian relaxing, having great time with sparkling in their eyes. I wish all of you a great time and discovery ahead of you for the rest of the days in Japan. Sincerely, Akira
My wife Emily and I had a wonderful time exploring Tokyo with Akira. He got in touch with us a few days prior to our arrival to find out what sort of things we wanted to do or see during our trip and then he came up with a schedule specifically to match our interests. He is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, teaching us a great deal about Japanese culture and history and showing us excellent places to try delicious food. He even went through the trouble of recommending restaurants or places to go shopping for the remainder of our stay in Tokyo. Even the rain couldn't put a dampener on our day out because Akira had already come up with alternative places to visit should the rain prevent us from enjoying outdoor activities. I thoroughly recommend that you book Akira to be you... read more
Dear Kyle, Thank you very much for the great review. The weather was unpleasant that day however, I’m so happy that we had a wonderful time together. Guiding nice people like you and Emily was like guiding good friend of mine known for years and I could behave not like the one acting like a guide. It was just a one day tour but I hope you could enjoy seeing Tokyo with “no make-up”. If you have another chance to come back, I’ll be happy to help you discovering more about my loving city. Sincerely, Akira
My wife Bonnie and I had an absolutely wonderful (although exhausting) day exploring the beautiful north eastern portion of Tokyo. There is no way that we could have navigated Tokyo's extensive public transit system without Akira. He was extremely knowledgable about everything we did on our tour His English comprehension was excellent and Akira went way above what we expected. He was warm, funny, approachable and caring. We are so glad we did this private tour. At one point, we accidentally left a package of souvenirs that we had purchased on one of the trains. Nothing was terribly valuable, but Akira insisted we put in a lost and found claim which we thought would be a waste of time. About 2 hours later AKira received a call from the public transportation people and they had found ... read more
Dear William, Thank you for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the day. We had a great time with so many surprise, the lantern given by generous owner of restaurant where we had the best (!) tempura, good sake in Marunouchi, the lost and found claim, and the delay caused by train accident on the way back to your hotel. Yes, that was really exhausting day however, remembering what we had experience together on that day make me smile (hoping you feel the same way...) and I was so happy to witness the miracle happened to you on that day. It was like a well written movie, mixture of good things and bad things bring to the happy ending. I hope that you will have another chance to come back to my loving city for more adventure, discovery and another miracle perhaps. Sincer... read more
My husband and I loved our tour with Akira. He was friendly, knowledgeable, had great English and made our first day in Tokyo truly wonderful. He met us at our hotel, showed us how to navigate the subways. Taught us shrine etiquette, Japanese history and cultural “norms”. He also took us to an amazing lunch we wouldn’t have found on our own and a coffee shop that inspired Blue Bottle in the US. Book Akira! You won’t regret it. Truly a gem in Tokyo!
Dear Erin, Thank you so much for the great review. I’m so happy that your first full day in Tokyo was enjoyable one. I’m so happy that you finished everything that served when we had lunch! I can easily guess you and Andrew have had a great time since we said goodbye yesterday because of your happy and open-minded personality. Next time you should bring your father and I know he will love the old Toyota taxi in the city. Best wishes, Akira
One of the best guides we ever had. Very flexible and adjusted to us as the day went on. Knowledgeable about the Tokyo train system which made for very efficient days of touring. Would highly recommend to my own friends and family. Excellent English speaker.
Dear Oren and Terri, Thank you very much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a guide for fantastic people like you visiting Japan for the first time. I was so glad to see you excited and surprised at everything you experienced in my loving city. I hope the time we shared will be remembered as a good introduction to Japan and I am pretty sure that there will be more fun and discovery during the rest of your stay in the country. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
Akira is an excellent guide. He takes the time to make sure you get to do all you ask to do and will also make suggestions to enhance the experience based on his own knowledge. If you love sushi (real sushi) and you hire him make sure you request to go to the fish market near the Ginza. I wanted a good Japanese sushi meal but the location was his choice. The fish market was fascinating and I would never have known to go there. His choice of restaurant within the fish market was spot on. His English is also excellent and he is very good at conversation. Akira has no problem going above and beyond what is expected. I had a problem arise when I realized I left a package on the bus to my hotel. When I found out I did that I messaged him a couple of hours past the time that ... read more
Dear Pamela, Thank you very very much for the great review, and thank you very much for giving me opportunities to guide very unique places (Yes, that was so unique...!). It was such a nice experience for me to witness sparkles in your eyes any time you encounter what you love in each of our destination. Through the entire hours during the tour, having nice conversation on many things, you made me feel like having passion and young heart for the rest of my life. I hope the Tokyo trip this time was so special and memorable one for you. See you next time! Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
We asked Akira to guide my husband and I through our very first day in Japan which happened to be Tokyo. We asked Akira to show us the things that were a bit off the usual tourist route, that we wouldn't just find in a travel guide. He did an excellent job, taking us to regular suburbs and areas to show us some of his favourite areas and places to eat, as well as some of the popular highlights along the way. He helped us navigate the subway and JR Rail for the first time, and told us a lot about cultural expectations and norms that were very helpful throughout the rest of the trip. He seems like a genuinely nice guy and I would recommend him highly.
Dear Jennifer, Thank you so much for the great review. Its so nice to be seen as a nice guy by nice couple from down under. I am happy that you liked the day with me though the weather was relatively unpleasant. I think everything went good partly because of your happy vibe. The places we visited were not so famous area and some might feel that the areas have nothing special. However, many of their sceneries are something that is disappearing from the city today in fast pace. As a Tokyo local who miss such sceneries so much, I am very happy that you found a value in them. Thank you very much again for choosing me as a navigator of my loving city and hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
We toured Tokyo for our first time with local expert, Akira. From the planning stages, he communicated thoroughly with our itinerary and answered any and all questions very promptly. We only had one day and wanted to see cultural sights of Tokyo. Unfortunately our only day to tour was on a Monday, which is the day of the week that many sights are closed. But Akira came up with a plan to thoroughly enjoy Tokyo. He arrived promptly to our hotel lobby and off we went. We navigated Tokyo by ways of the subways with Akira's help. We visited the grounds of the Imperial Palace, then toured the Tsukijii Outer Fish Market and had lunch. Knowing it was my first time to eat sushi, Akira was a true sushi navigator and we ate a delicious lunch with a large sampling of various sushi, even sea u... read more
Dear Jamie, Thank you vety much for the great review. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the day with me and so glad that your first sush experience was good one. Now you have experienced sushi, so next time you can try other Japanese food such as Ramen, Tonkatsu, Monjya-Yaki. Also, I am so happy that your daughter is a fan of the book. The author is a versatile writer and not only the genre that the book covers, but also she has written many other good novels of other genre such as history, and juvenile stories. It was only one day tour and you haven’t seen everything yet. If you have another chance to come back to my loving city, I’ll be happy to be your guide again. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was knowledgeable and cheerful as he showed a couple of novice Tokyo visitors around the old fish marketplace (including a meal of truly delicious sushi) and the spacious grounds of the Meiji Shrine. We were very satisfied and a bit too tired to accept his offer of another site. He was so helpful in showing us how to use the subway so we were able to continue our explorations on our own the next days. Plus he found a restaurant and made reservations for our dinner. His English is excellent.
Dear Julia, Thank you so much for the great review. That was a really good sushi lunch. I’m so happy that you had a great time. I know you are on another tour right now. I am wishing that you’ll have great time in each city, and this second visit to Japan will be memorable one that make you come back again. Sincerely, Akira
Akita was an excellent tour guide during my brief overnight Tokyo trip. He jammed as much as he could into my tight 6 hour window. Highly recommend.
Dear Jason, Thank you so much for the wonderful review and I’m so happy that you enjoyed the hectic Tokyo marathon with me (I enjoyed it too!). Hope you will have another chance when you can spend more time to explore more about my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
Thank you Akira, I told him on many occasions- because I needed to tell him in person and not wait till this review. I could not have picked a better person. In all manners he was punctual. I was happy to have had two good days planned by Akira to include all the places I was interested in seeing around Tokyo. You could do Tokyo on your own but you will not see as much and you don’t need to worry about checking where you are or asking for directions. Akira was just wonderful with his knowledge of history, Temple etiquette and where to take you to eat & have coffee. He did not rush you and there were moments where we just sat and enjoyed the scenery. We did about 4 spots each day, which is very do - able, but you must be prepared to walk and catch trains. I loved my two days with you Akir... read more
Dear Franca, Thank you sooo much for the great review. And also, I would like to thank you for giving me a happy vibe from down under. I am so happy that we could share the wonderful time together including fun and interesting talk about our cultural difference, good meal. I wish I could be a happy and jolly communicator like you who can be friend with whole wide world. If you have another chance to come back, just let me know and let’s explore more about my loving city together again. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was an expert guide. He was flexible as the day progressed and made changes as we talked and walked. My 33 year old son lives in San Francisco and loves coffee so Akira suggested we visit a coffeehouse which was the Blue Bottle coffee inspiration in Japan. He took us to an off the tourist route lunch counter for fresh fish, We saw Sumo wrestlers at their morning practice. He was kind, aware of walking paces and just a delight to spend the day with. Highly recommend!
Dear Virginia, Thank you so much for the great review. I’m so happy that you did enjoyed the tour. The tour was mixture of famous spots and local one for local people as well so I hope you could enjoyed the contrast and I hope that it became good introduction to Japan. I am wishing that you will have a great time for the rest of the days in Tokyo and discover more about my loving country and people. Sincerely, Akira
I cannot recommendation Akira highly enough. He had to make some changes on the fly due to weather and our kids interests but still managed to provide an amazing tour of Tokyo.
Hello Tammy, Thank you very much for the great review. Well, the weather was as not as good as we expected but I am so happy that you all had a great time. The dumplings were delicious, and the view of the capital city from the tower was somehow mysterious and not something that we can not enjoy when it is sunny. I hope the tour was a good introduction of my loving city and I’m hoping that you all have another chance to come back to explore about the city. Sincerely, Akira
What a wonderful welcome to Japan. Thank you Akira - we had been in Japan only hours when he met us at our Hotel, went above and beyond and had such a wealth of knowledge not only about what we were seeing and where we were going but was able to answer all of our collectic questions. He has the patience of an Angel - thank you again for all your help with Suica cards and familiarizing us with Tokyo's transport system!
Dear Dianne, I hope you well and having a great time in Japan. Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that you all enjoyed the day with me. It was short tour but I think it was long enough to get a glimpse of the city and to have good sleep after the long flight. I am hoping that you enjoy my loving country fully and this trip will be a memorable one to you and your loving family. Sincerely, Akira
Akira, Is the best tour guide I have ever had. He is very knowledgeable and kind. He answered all my questions, I would recommend him to every one. And if I have the chance to visit Japan again he would be the one I would pick. Akira's English was very good.
Dear Joseph, Thank you very much for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the day with me. Guiding someone like you, very curious, and good observer, was fun and very interesting experience for me to see the world that I am living from different angle. I hope you have another chance to come back to the city (with your future wife!) to explore more about my loving city. Sincerely, Akira
We had a great time in Tokyo with Akira. He showed us around some quiet, traditional neighborhoods, took us to Buddhist Temples and Shinto shrines, walked through a market with us, and taught us a lot about Japanese history. We ate really well too! He was kind, flexible, and knowledgeable.
Dear Elizabeth, Thank you so much for your great review. I am so happy that you liked the tour. Also, I am so happy that you liked the pancake and the "thing", the soul food of Tokyo locals. We have covered limited area but through observing people in the subway, on the street, going into the narrow alleyway of local neighborhood, I hope you could get the idea of what Tokyo was like. I am wishing that you will have another chance to explore more about my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
I was eager to see lots of Tokyo in the limited time I had there. Akira helped me work out a great itinerary to make the most of my time, prior to my trip. The day of my tour, Akira arrived promptly and immediately began pointing out places of interest from the view of my Hotel. Due to a National Holiday in Japan, we had to make some on-the-fly adjustments to our itinerary, but Akira never missed a beat and made sure I saw all the things that were of importance to me, and even went out of his way to take me to a district my brother wanted photos of AND to his favorite Udon restaurant in Tokyo. He was thoughtful, providing towels when needed and easily translating between me and shop-owners along the way and always eager to discuss traditions and customs that I was unfamiliar with. He was k... read more
Dear Ian, Thank you very much for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the tour. It was so nice to see that you liked the best Udon noodle in soup that I think is the best one in the city! Normally we need to be in a long queue but luckily we arrived there late in the afternoon when off peak. Beside udon, we have another interesting fast food such as Japanese curry and rice or buckwheat noodle I assume you love. I am hoping that you are coming back to Tokyo again and if you are, I will be happy to help you explore more about my loving city. Sincerely, Akira
We decided us for a guided tour at our arrival day in Tokyo to beat the jetlag after a 12 hour long haul overnight flight from Europe. To prepare the tour we wrote a very detailed message with our expectations. Unfortunately the suggested iternaty didn‘t meet our expectations, so we did a lot of research about Tokyo on our own. In the end this was the best excercise to get ready for the city, but it wasn‘t our expectation to do what we thought was the guide‘s job. The tour ittself was perfect. Akira is very reliable, friendly and knows Tokyo like the back of his hand. We covered all stations of our tour while being fascinated by the variety of the city. We could relax and enjoy every step of the way, as Akira was guiding us trustworthy. We really can recommend a tour with Akira to ... read more
Hello Jan, Thank you very much for the great review. Also, thank you very much for giving me an idea of what type of information about my city gathering from internet may attracts those people who's visit Tokyo for very first time. I can easily guess that you had wonderful time for the rest of the days in Tokyo since you were well prepared for everything you need. I wish you a good luck on everything, and wishing that you make a happiest family with newborn baby! Sincerely, Akira
We have great time with Akira. He is very professional and polite. He made the difference in our stay in Tokyo. With his professional help , he guided us to lots of neighborhoods in Tokyo, explained the culture and history of Japan and help us with the chosen of restaurants for lunch. Thank you Akira!
Dear Carla, Thank you so much for the great review. It was so interedting for me to hear from you about everything you saw and you experienced during the tour since it helped me to see my loving city from deferent angle. I’m looking forward to having another chance to guide you in my loving city. Obrigado Carla! Akira
Akira was wonderful! This was our first time visiting Japan for my fiancée and I. We enjoyed and learned so much about the Japanese history, culture, and language. Navigating the subway system with him was such a breeze since we got lost a few times before on our own. His recommendations for food were excellent! I had two bowls of ramen (yes, I eat a lot!), and my fiancée really enjoyed the traditional Japanese sweets. He was flexible, accommodating, very sweet, and funny. Time flew by for us for the one day. From the Tokyo tower, to the gorgeous palace, the beautiful shrine, the Shibuya crossing, Harajuku, and yes even the free gag, every moment was fun and memorable. We really felt like locals walking around with him. We had a great time getting to know him as well (hopefully he also lea... read more
Dear Alci, Thank you so much for the great review. Yes, we all had a great time. I’m so happy that you felt like locals and I can tell that you enjoyed walking, observing, and eating like one of us. Yes, I too, learned about your interesting culture. It was my pleasure to be a part of very important trip for both of you. I know that you will make a happy family with love and laughter. Hope you will have another chance to come back and let’s talk more about anime and manga! Sincerely, Akira
Akira was both knowledgeable and helpful. He had a natural and open approach to the four adults in our party and was very willing to accomodate are particular interests. His English was very good. We can recommend Akira for an informative and pleasant guided tour around Tokyo.
Dear James, Thank you very much for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the tour and so happy that we could share great time. I am wishing that you will discover many treasure for the rest of the trip in Japan. I am looking forward to seeing you again. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
We had such a wonderful day with Akira. The communication ahead of time before our trip was excellent, he was always responsive to my emails and did a great job planning the day. Of course, when the day came, we had to make a couple of adjustments...and Akira was incredibly flexible, it only took him a couple of minutes to make some suggestions and we were on our way. It was a very hot and humid day so once he saw that my 11-year-old son was tiring, he factored in a number of water breaks and rests, we never once felt rushed. Akira has excellent English skills and we understood each other easily. He didn't just take us to places but explained the history, we learned the proper way to pray and get our fortunes at a couple of the shrines, and definitely have a much better understanding of... read more
Dear Lorne, Thank you so much for the great review. Yes, I am super nice guy when I am being with super nice people like you and your son. I know you had a great time for the rest of your trip in Japan because you and your clever son have good heart that make people treat you nice. Please take care and I hope you have another chance to come back and explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
We were very appreciative of Akira’s guidance. He was prepared and shared terrific details about the places we went. He took great care to make sure we saw Japan and appreciated the culture in great detail. The first day was more traditional and we saw shrines and temples along with the fist market etc. At the end of our trip, we wanted to make sure we saw other parts of the culture and Akira was sure to make that happen. You will not go wrong with Akira and will be very happy with him as your guide. He knew the subway system like the back of his hand and had a lot of great information to share.
Hello Cynthia, Thank you so much for your great review. I’m so happy that all of you enjoyed the city. It was so nice to listen to what you experienced in other city and share your insight of Japan, so nice to see the crime novelist excited about local curry place, so nice to see little samurais swinging swords with happy smile. I hope you come back again and go deep more into my loving city and my people. Dewa Mata! Akira
Akira customized our tour to our needs and desires, providing Japanese history along with local off the beaten path local treasures. Akira took us to a Japanese only Tempura restaurant that allowed us dine, this was absolutely an incredible and unique experience. Akira has become more than a tour but a friend. We thoroughly enjoyed his friendship as well as the uniquely blended tour.
Dear Ralph, Thank you very much for the great review. It make me feel so happy to see you and your happy family, with warm heart and open minds, enjoying my loving city fully. Hope we have another chance to explore the city together and have great time together. Thank you for inviting me to your city. I’m looking forward the day I buy you the best BBQ that your city can offer. Sincerely, Akira
Despite the heat- was able to see everything in Tokyo that we requested for the day and Akira was knowledgable, friendly and patient with our two boys who was part of our family group. It was a good insight into how to get around Tokyo so we could do the rest ourselves . Enjoyed the lunch where locals ate (rather than a tourist centred restaurant ) which was also very reasonable. It was a good insight and worth having a guide as we got feel for the city and saved a lot of time not getting lost in such an amazing place.
Dear Maurice, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed the day though we experienced unprecedented heat. I hope the tour was a good introduction for you and you had great a time for the rest of the trip in Japan. It will always be my pleasure to be a guide for happy family like yours and hope to see you soon. Sincerely, Akira.
We had Akira as our guide for two scorching days in Tokyo. Akira was beyond excellent. He showed flexibility, was courteous, professional and gracious. We made changes on the fly and Akira was able to address all our needs. We cannot recommend Akira higher. I hope our singing at Karyoke did not injure his ears!
Dear Wesley, Thank you very much for the great review. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the days with me. It was my pleasure, and also so much fun, to be a guide for happy family like yours, modest dad, jolly mom, smart daughter (speaks fluent Japanese), and son with pure heart. Your singing was not as bad as you might think (It was my hope that my singing injured your ears!). Karaoke which I think is not an attraction to sing good but to open our heart through singing, no matter how good or bad we sing, just like what we experienced that day. I hope you come back and have another chance to be your guide again. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
Akita was fantastic and speaks excellent English. We spent a whole day getting a taste of what Tokyo has to offer (and are keen to return). He was able to incorporate the Pokémon cafe and Star Wars collectable shopping into the itinerary for us along with a wonderful ramen restaurant for lunch, which our teenager said was the best food he’s ever had. Very worthwhile experience and we highly recommend Akira to any travellers who would like to make to most of one day in Tokyo.
Hello Larissa, Thank you so much for the great review. It was so nice to see all of you having a great time with happy smile. I will always remember the fantastic moment of your son meeting giant Pokémon in the cafe. It was like a meeting of his best friend from previous life. I hope you have another chance to come back explore more about my city and to have another great time. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was a perfect host. We only had one day in Tokyo. We saw so much more than we could have achieved ourselves. The Sky Garden was my highlight, and the delicious Tempura lunch. Having someone navigate the subway for us was great and then ensuring we got to the airport in time. Highly recommend Akira!
Dear Julia, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a part of the wonderful day you had with your good friends, good view, and good food. We were so luckey to be the one that finished last 4 set of Tempura in that restaurant. I am so happy to see all of you enjoying the best one that Tokyo can offer. Hope you come back again to explore more about my loving city. Sincerely, Akira
Thank you, Akira for a very fun and informative day in Tokyo. We all enjoyed it!
Dear Heather, It was my pleasure to be a part of the pilgrmage you had with your precious sons. I am wishing that you will have a great time with discovery for the rest of your trip. Thank you very much for finding me and hope to see you soon. Sincerely, Akira
My family have been all over the world and met many tour guides but Akira was Far and above the Best Guide we've ever met, We had a very brief stay in Tokyo and without a good guide it would have been impossible to get around to see the sights, We focused on the Asakusa, Harajuku and Shibuya areas and got to see the Sensoji Temple and the Meiji Jinju shrine amongst many other sights and Akira explained to us the various customs at each which we of course engaged in and my Daughter was thrilled to participate in including picking Her own fortune and Writing Her wishes on a wooden plate, Akira is Very detail oriented and caring and made sure at various times is we were happy with everything which of course we were and took many family pictures of us Including running ahead on the Shibuya Cr... read more
Dear Larry, Thank you very much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a guide for happy family like yours. I am so happy that you enjoyed the day with me. Though we were in the middle of the rainy season, the weather on the day was good. I think it was because you’re blessed family and that must be the reason why we could find seats for us at the Starbucks. I hope you will have another chance to come back to Tokyo sometime soon and discover more about my loving city and people. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was a fantastic guide, he took us around the highlights of Tokyo, recommended great places to eat and squeezed in an extra visit to a garden that was on route when we mentioned that we were garden enthusiasts. His knowledge gave us a great introduction to Japan. Thank you so much Akira
Dear Jennifer, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the tour with me. We were so lucky that the time was perfect for us to enjoy beautiful iris garden. I am wishing that you’ll have a great time for the rest of the trip in Japan and the trip will give a good vibe to your new born baby. Sincerely, Akira
We had the pleasure to meet Akira for day tours which turned out to be an excellent decision. Many guides promise to prepare an individual tour but mostly it doesn't turn out to be tailor made. Akira instead took our wishes to explore the city in a non touristic way serious and brought us to places which we would never have found by ourselves. My partner, a friend and I had many topics to share with Akira and he was never tired of explaining and sharing his thoughts. If you are looking for a reliable, high knowledgable and friendly guide - you get it all in one person.
Dear Susann, It was my pleasure to be your guide and I am so happy that you enjoyed the day with me. Taking all of you to the local places such as the “local restaurant” was interesting experience for me because some food I ordered, which I thought were very much local, were actually very familiar to you. I am hoping that there’ll be another chance for you to come back and dig more about local places in Tokyo together. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Sincerely, Akira
Akira is very kind, considerate and sensitive to our needs. If there are instances that we need to decide on something, he made sure he opens different options for us. Definitely a superb guide!
Dear Anna, Thank you for the wonderful review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the tour with me. It was my pleasure to be a part of your 10th anniversary of your wedding. I am wishing that you and Patrick will have a great time for the rest of your stay in Japan and rest of your life. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
All our expatstions where meet Akira made sure all our needs where meet he was prompt polite I would not hesitate to use his services again
Vern, Thank you very much for the great review. I wonder where shall I bring you to for lunch next time beside Katsu-curry and Monjya. I am looking forward to being chosen as your guide again. I am wishing that you will have a great time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Sincerely, Akira
We booked Akira for a tour for one of our 6 days in Tokyo. We figured we could navigate through the more well known areas ourselves so we asked Akira to show us some of the lesser known, “hidden gems” of the city. He did exactly that and took us to some beautiful temples, shrines, and gardens that were not packed with other tourists. For lunch, Akira took us to a local restaurant that had some simple but fantastic food that we will reminisce about for a while. Akira was also easy to communicate with in person and through email leading up to our tour. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with him and would definitely recommend him as a tour guide!
Dear Arthur, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the day with me. It was so nice to see you enjoying very local atmosphere and food. I am so glad that you could become the witness of some of the sceneries that disappearing from Tokyo today. If you have another chance to come to Tokyo, please feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to show you around again. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
We loved having Akira show us around on our first day in Tokyo. He was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating. He took us to Shibuya, Harajuku, Meji Shrine, and Asakusa. He answered all our questions and made us feel very welcome. He was extremely kind and we learned so much about Tokyo and Shinto culture and rituals. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a wonderful day seeing and learning about Tokyo.
Dear Rebecca, Thank you very much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a guide for happy family with good heart. I am wishing that the rest of the days in Japan will be enjoyable and memorable one for all of you. Have a safe journey! Akira PS Sorry for my being useless at the “photo booth” in Harajuku....!
Akira did a great job as a tour guide for us when we were in Tokyo. Very knowledgeable and even as we changed the locations and schedule on the day of the event he was very accommodating.
Jonathan, Thank you so much for the great review. I feel relief that you enjoyed the tour though the weather was not so pleasant. I am looking forward to having another chance to introduce different Ramen and Katsu place that I assume you will love! Thank you, Akira
Our guide Akira took us on a memorable tour of the highlights of Japan. Using the Subway we were able to explore many wonderful places. Akira was very knowledgeable and told us many interesting facts about Tokyo and its history. He took us to a local restaurant for lunch. It was one of the highlights of our day. Akira speaks fluent English and he has a warm, happy personality which made him a pleasure to be with.
Hello Mark, Thank you very much for great review. You are so blessed that we could enjoy the day in a perfect weather. I still can recall the good time we had in Tsukishima at local restaurant in 100% local atmosphere surrounded by locals. I am so happy that you enjoyed it and I admire the way you treat people with respect. Thank you very much for choosing me and hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was a great guide! He went out of his way to amend our tour throughout the day, he advised us on train systems & getting pasmo cards since we were exploring only Tokyo. He took us to one of the best Ramen eatery in shinjuku and helped us find my twin boys toys. My son (11yr old) thoroughly enjoyed the samurai museum, temples, chatting & information on history of Tokyo. Thank you very much Akira, you were wonderful :)
Hello Angel, I hope you well. It was my pleasure to be your guide for the very first full day of your Tokyo stay. I am so happy that you and Tian enjoyed the day especially ramen that we had. If you have another chance to come to Tokyo again, I will be happy to take you to another good ramen place. I am wishing that what you experienced in Tokyo were all memorable and full of discovery. Sincerely, Akira
We stayed in Tokyo for an additional three days after our 15 days Asia cruise and booked two days of tours with Akira. The first day was 5 hours and second 7 hours of seeing the top sights. We had an enjoyable time and were able to see the sights, but believe with a little homework probably could have just as easily have done this on our own. Akira, was very prompt at meeting us at our hotel each day and in fact was early each day. Realize that most of the sights are quite a distant apart which required us to take the train everywhere for short visits then back not the train so anticipate spending a lot more money on train fares plus the guide. I think we had a bit of a miss-step on day 2 of our tour when we toured the inner market of the Tsukiji fish market. After viewing literally t... read more
Keith, Thank you very much for the review. I will take your remarks into consideration to provide better service. Thank you again, for giving me a chance to take a fresh look on what I have done. Sincerely yours, Akira Nakashima
It was such a pleasure to be guided by Akira for 3 days in Tokyo. We are 4 senior citizens who wanted to experience as many of the wonderful sights as possible in our limited time. Akira expertly took us through the extensive subway system zipping around town always finding elevators and escalators to spare our vintage knees. We wanted to sample Japanese cuisine and Akira knew the best places for authentic and delicious delights. We learned so much about Japanese culture and history from Akira, he is truly a delightfully knowledgeable & conscientious tour guide. We would not hesitate to recommend him to friends & family visiting Tokyo.
Sally, Thank you so much for your great review. It was my pleasure to guide all of you and I am so happy that you enjoyed the tour with me. I can easily imagine that you all had a great time in Kyoto and enjoy communicating with people. Please take care of yourself, especially your "vintage knees", because there will be lot more good things waiting for you in Tohoku and Hokkaido! Thank you again for finding me and choosing me as your travel companion. I am looking forward to seeing you again. Sincerely, Akira
One of the main reasons I selected AKIRA was that on his demo video is English was excellent and he seemed as a genuine and warm person. We were not disappointed. We booked him for 2 days and we were very glad that we did. He spoke English well, clearly and not too fast and he was the best English speaking guide we ever had in Japan after several trips. He was punctual, very knowledgeable and helpful in organising a detailed itinerary which suited perfectly our specific requirements. He was polite, considerate and a real gentleman. We can only recommend him very highly as he will be a great asset to make sure that your stay in Tokyo is productive and enjoyable.
Hello Christopher, First of all, thank you very much for the great review and I am very pleased that you satisfied the tour. Also, I would like to thank you for inviting me a special dinner. Guiding you was really a good birthday present for me on that day, not only because the guide fee you kindly paid but your insight and sincere comment about what you felt about my country and people. As a tourist destination for foreign visitors, Japan may still be a frontier compare to other major cities even though so much improvement have been made for the past few years. I hope that I could be a part of another improvement to make visitors like you to feel more comfortable and enjoyable in this strange, funny, and unique city. Thank you very much for everything. Sincerely, Akira Nakas... read more
Thank you so much to Akira for the lovely tour tailored perfectly to our family. Your rapport with the children at the temple and the great experiences at the rabbit cafe and Pokémon cafe where total highlights :). Thank you ever so much. I would recommend you to anyone!
Tara, Thank you very much for the review. I am happy that you all enjoyed the day with me and hoping that the tour will make a good introduction to the city. Please enjoy the rest of the day and I am wishing that this Trip will be a memorable one for you and your wonderful family. Enjoy TDL! Sincerely , Akira